France Is Promoting Islamophobia Under The Façade Of Secularism

By Alysha Mohamed

"In the last week, social media has been buzzing over the news of France’s proposed hijab ban for women under the age of 18. In their attempt to save and “liberate” young Muslim women from their faith, the French government is oppressing women under a façade of secularism."

"The Senate voted in favour of (link is external) “prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an interiorization of women over men” on March 30."

"The proposed bill is a clear violation of fundamental human rights, coupled with the frightening normalization of Islamophobia and discrimination against young Muslim women. It seems as though, in the eyes of the French government, young women can choose what to wear—but only if their choices align with Western ideals."

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